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Cameras aren’t a new technology, but the computational photography behind the lens is. Civic tech projects include sousveillance, or using the widespread availability of cameras to document antisocial behavior like police brutality and human rights violations.

Civic tech is also concerned about civil liberties, and fighting unnecessary surveillance. See, for example:

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Face the Facts app

Mit Face the Facts Wahlplakate scannen und herausfinden wofür Politiker:innen wirklich stehen.

Vacant Property QR Codes

Baltimore City Council Bill 19-0429 requires the Department of Housing & Community Development to post signage on vacant buildings that will identify owners so that they can be held accountable by the public.



New York, NY

Reported lets you submit feedback about NYC taxis in 30 seconds. Reported submits this feedback directly to NYC's 311 system and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.



Rio de Janeiro

Copcast is an open-source project that can turn any Android phone into a body-worn camera system for law enforcement, providing a more cost-effective and accessible solution for law enforcement officers around the world.

Decolonize This Place

Decolonize This Place is an action-oriented movement centering around Indigenous struggle, Black liberation, free Palestine, global wage workers and de-gentrification.


WITNESS is an international nonprofit organization that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights.

Jotto Video

Jotto allows individuals allied with a cause to record and automatically upload videos directly to an organization behind that cause.

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